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Gov. Jared Polis And His Partner Test Positive For COVID-19

Nov 28, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis and First Gentlemen Marlon Reis tested positive for COVID-19. The governor tweeted the announcement Saturday night, and included a statement. 

"Marlon and I are feeling well so far, and are in good spirits. No person or family is immune to this virus. I urge every Coloradan to practice caution, limit public interactions, wear a mask in public, stay six feet from others, and wash your hands regularly," said Polis.

According to the governor's office, both Polis and Reis are asymptomatic and isolating at home. The governor went into isolation on Wednesday after learning he was exposed to an individual who has previously tested positive. He began quarantine immediately after learning about the possible exposure.  

Polis is among a handful of U.S. governors who have tested positive for the disease, including Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. There are Colorado officials who have tested positive as well, such as Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman. 

Polis and many of the state's health officials have been sounding the alarm for the last month warning residents that the state is in the middle of a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. More than 2,500 people have died because of COVID-19 so far and as of Friday, roughly 1,700 people were currently hospitalized with the disease.